CHENANGO COUNTY – It's official. Tomorrow is the single most patriotic holiday on the summer calendar, and with that in mind nothing screams “God Bless America” quite like a Whisker Biscuit, save for a Whistling Kitty or two.
Comical names aside, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently made certain consumer grade fireworks legal for purchase in New York — but don't look to backyards for the rocket's red glare, or anything bursting in air in Chenango County. Those kinds of shock-and-awe supplies are only legal in Pennsylvania and beyond. Pyrotechnics available to regular people in the Empire State are of the sparkling variety only: no missiles, no big bangs.
But while Cuomo relaxed the strict fireworks policy to include sparkling devices, Chenango County residents are being forewarned that all fireworks are still illegal throughout the county.
The last time Chenango County residents could legally let sparks fly on the Fourth of July, FDR was president the year was 1940, and according to officials that's still the rule.